20 Mile Run
I ran 20 miles in the humidity. The humidity really slowed me down, but running in the heat should prepare me for my next marathon in May: The Bob Potts Marathon in Pennsylvania. The Bob Potts Marathon will give runners who ran in the Boston Marathon, but were stopped before finishing, a free entry.
I used 5 gels and GU Brew electrolyte tablets for the extra sodium to prevent cramps. I wore my Nathan hydration belt so that I wouldn't have to stop for water at the fountain very often. The belt felt heavy at first, but I got used to it and I carried less the more I ran. I didn't have any cramps today like I sometimes do after running in the heat.
I tried some new gels today, just out of curiosity: VFuel (previously ViFuel). I had three flavors: peach cobbler (the best tasting, very mild), vanilla (too sweet) and chocolate (not for me). The package is bigger than the GU gels. VFuel gel has a thinner consistency than GU gels and it costs more, but if you can't stomach other gels, you might like to try peach VFuel. You can order a sampler pack of three for $8. Save 20% with code: JCA20.
I've started to write something about what happened in Boston for my blog, but I can't find the right words. The stories of people helping others have been comforting. Most of all, I pray that God will bring healing and comfort.
Updates: Now praying for West, Texas, too. It's about 200 miles away from where I live.
OKC Memorial Marathon is also offering free entries for the April 28 race.